Service to remember Jersey members of the ‘Forgotten Army’

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AN annual ceremony to mark the contribution of more than 50 Islanders in the so-called ‘Forgotten Army’ in the dying days of the Second World War is due to take place later this month.

The event, on Sunday 11 September, will commemorate those who fought in the British 14th Army, a multinational force that was part of the campaign to defend India, and which continued fighting against Japanese forces in horrendous conditions after Europe had been liberated.

Wreaths will be laid, followed by a blessing, two-minute silence and bugle solo, with the service being held at the foot of Mount Bingham, facing the Harbour.

The site contains a plaque that was unveiled in 2015 following a campaign by Jean McLaughlin, whose father, John Quénault, served in the British 14th Army, with the service having been held annually since then, except when Covid-19 restrictions were in place.

Mrs McLaughlin said all Islanders were welcome at the event, which will start at noon, and that she hoped family members of all ages would represent several of the 54 soldiers whose names are on the plaque.

The ceremony will be followed by lunch at the Hotel Ambassadeur in St Clement.

Anyone wishing to attend the lunch should contact Mrs McLaughlin on 721171.

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